George Elmaraghy, the Ohio EPA water regulator forced out by Gov. John Kasich, said he wants to stay on the job and was threatened with termination if he did not sign a retirement notice, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
The group Environment Ohio visited a church with an energy-efficient lighting system that has saved thousands of dollars as part of its effort to press lawmakers to maintain current standards for renewable energy and efficiency, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Todd Snitchler, chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, was the keynote speaker at a 2011 meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that opposes renewable energy requirements. Snitchler recently opposed plans for a solar farm in his state, The Associated Press reports.
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Todd Snitchler has been a frequent critic of renewable energy on his Twitter feed, sharing no positive thoughts in more than 1,000 tweets from the past year. Snitchler and his agency ruled against a new solar-energy project last week, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Ohio lawmakers are not likely to implement changes to its energy-efficiency rules for utilities until next year at the earliest, despite arguments from power company FirstEnergy about the added cost for consumers, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
After last month’s pipeline leak near Santa Barbara, Calif., the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing a requirement that operators notify regulators within an hour of any problem, The Hill reports.
Oklahoma has filed a new lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed limits on power plant carbon emissions even though several earlier legal actions have been dismissed by the courts, The Hill reports.
Traders reported a surge in activity around renewable identification numbers for biomass-based biodiesel, after the Energy Information Administration reported a jump in production to 108 million gallons in April, Platts reports.
Oil prices recovered slightly early Thursday after a steep drop the day before that was prompted by news of production and supply gains. U.S. benchmark crude inched 6 cents higher to $57.02 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent rose 29 cents to $62.30, Reuters reported.
As part of its efforts to improve cash flow during the oil slump, Houston-based offshore operator Energy XXI has sold a rich field near the mouth of the Mississippi River to a private buyer for $21 million, FuelFix reports.
Westar Energy has agreed to refund $10 million to customers and cut its future rates by $8 million a year to settle a complaint that the Kansas Corporation Commission filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, The Topeka Capital-Journal reports.
With David Koch in the audience at the Aspen Ideas Festival, climate activist Tom Steyer said he didn’t see differences with the conservative businessman “as an ideological issue,” and that the market could resolve environmental and climate concerns, National Journal reports.
Cuba’s economy may benefit from new U.S investments, but some are concerned about what the changes might mean for the country’s mangrove forests, coral reefs and other environmental assets, The New York Times reports.